French Liberalism Links Reborn By Roderick on June 8, 2011 3 The old links to David Harts theses on Comte, Dunoyer, and Molinari are tragically dead. But they have gloriously regenerated into new links, here and here. Anarchy, Industriels, Left-Libertarian, Online Texts
Liberal internet TARDIS.
Something I can’t recall – Was there originally a liberal inspiration for the Marxian exploitation theory among the group that Hart studied? If there was what were the ideas involved? If not, did that lead to the popular attraction that Marxism and the radical liberals didn’t?
Well, the Dunoyer/Thierry/(Charles)Comte group was initially mixed up with the Saint-Simon/(Auguste)Comte group, and it took the two sides a while to realise they weren’t all on the same page. (Some details here.) And Saint-Simon was a major influence on Marx.
As for why Marx got the edge on the radical liberals, one problem, perhaps, is that a lot of the radical liberals started moving right; the rightward slide that Tucker complains about in Spencer besets French liberalism also. (Why that happened is the real question.)
If I recall correctly, wasn’t it the temptation of power provided by the July monarchy?